Next Five

May 05, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

ALL GAMES ON 105.7 FM

TODAY @Athletics, 10:05 p.m., MASN

Starters: Orioles' Garrett Olson (1-0, 2.70) vs. Athletics' Dana Eveland (3-2, 3.67)

TOMORROW @Athletics, 10:05 p.m., MASN2

Starters: Orioles' Brian Burres (3-2, 2.87) vs. Athletics' Justin Duchscherer (2-1, 2.40)

WEDNESDAY @Athletics, 3:35 p.m., MASN

Starters: Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (1-3, 4.06) vs. Athletics' Joe Blanton (2-5, 3.88)

THURSDAY @Royals, 8:10 p.m., MASN

Starters: Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (2-1, 4.06) vs. Royals' Luke Hochevar (2-1, 4.86)

FRIDAY @Royals, 8:10 p.m., MASN2

Starters: Orioles' Steve Trachsel (1-4, 7.42) vs. Royals' Gil Meche (2-4, 5.98) Radio: All games on 105.7 FM

Athletics update

Oakland, which traded ace Dan Haren this offseason and was thought to be in a rebuilding mode, has been one of the major leagues' biggest surprises. It beat the Texas Rangers yesterday to improve to 19-14, good for second place in the American League West. The A's hot start can be attributed mostly to pitching. Oakland's starters have a 3.51 ERA, the best in the AL, and its relievers entered yesterday with a 2.76 ERA, also tops in the AL. Overall, its staff ERA is a 3.26, making up for a punchless offense that has hit an AL-low 17 home runs. Former Oriole Jack Cust led the AL with 25 walks through Saturday. Emil Brown was second in the AL with 26 RBIs.

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